Here is a continuation of my previous post. Enjoy!
I forgot to add this under my session with Shelly Terrell. She likes to play music to enhance the writing process and this is a site which plays music based on what mood you want to hear. Very interesting! Moodstream also puts up pictures to go with the music.
3rd Session: Ben Grey
Since the school where I teach is integrating 1:1 iPads in 7th and 8th grade, I did attend a session on this topic. Ben Grey presented on some of the ways to best start this process.
He recommended checking out Project Red. There is a wealth of information here about research in Education. I used the site a little bit. It has webinars, financial information, and implementation resources.
Ben’s school district site is here.
4th Session: Josh Stumpenhorst
This session was on Project Based Learning or as he got into explaining-“Passion Based Learning”. I enjoyed the first video he showed titled “Life after Death by Powerpoint” A funny reminder of how NOT to do a powerpoint and how to better instruct our students in learning good presentation skills.
Students have the ability and want to create passionately. Are we letting them do this? Josh mentioned a few ideas that are worth passing on:
- Innovate Day- Students have a day to come and just create something. They might have a passion to play guitar, build a game, or explore physics. Letting them do this.
- Passion Projects- Giving students set aside time to work on something they choose to learn more about.
- The book “Drive” by Daniel Pink.
Last Session: Ken Shelton
His session was about Information Literacy. How teaching students to be good consumers of information and how to best process through the massive amounts of information to find what they need can help them to be successful. I am currently implementing some of these ideas in my reading class as we research some of the settings in our next Literature book.
Google Search Operators: Using search operators can help you cut down on time. I am familiar with some of these, but learned some new ones in the process. Also, using the advanced search feature cuts down on unwanted search results.
Also, I did not know that when you do a regular search in Google you can use + or – signs to eliminate or add words to narrow your search results. Definitely going to try that one!
Also another thing I often forget about Google search is adding the file type to the end of your search query can lead you right to what you want. This would apply if you were looking for a specific type of document like a PDF.
Google Search Stories: These are great! Showing these to students could help them see a different way to search. It could also help them in their own search experience. How the answer to one question, can lead to another question and ultimately to the answer they are looking for. Great discussion pieces as well!
Whois.net This is a great resource to find out who owns a website. This could definitely be useful for teaching students about credible websites.
This pretty much sums up my experience this year at #METC13 ! Looking forward to next time!